Graduate Positions 2020

The YorkU fire team has a number of currently advertised graduate positions where we are looking for strong graduate students with creativity and interest in fire related themes.

We are currently recruiting 3 masters students and 1 doctoral student. Both Domestic and International students are being considered and the positions are fully funded and connected to Industry.

Two of our top available positions are the following:

  • MASc advertIn the area of Structural Fire Engineering we are looking on an initial focus on developing performance-based approaches to optimize fire protection for the Canadian construction market. This exciting opportunity is a collaboration with Entuitive, a global engineering firm in Toronto Canada (see Studies would commence mid-2020. This applied research design project will be a collaboration with Matthew Smith P.Eng with opportunities for industry internship and experience. Previous civil engineering education with Canadian engineering material standards (CSA A23, S16, and/or O86) will be considered an asset. The research is tailored for a student with a strong interest to become a consulting fire engineer in Toronto.


  • Model2In the area of Stadium Design for Fire, we are looking at a fire engineering research programme that hybrids all of fire safety engineering together as a proposed PhD project. The work would fall under a multi-collaborative team with industry partner Arup, a multi-national engineering firm. We would be considering the study of an innovative structural system for stadium design and adjoining fire behaviour and pedestrian dynamics. Previous fire engineering education with at least one of these topics of study will be considered an asset. The project is tailored for a student with a strong interest to become an academic/professor in Canada.


  • EJQ9lALXYAAcCcXOther topical areas for graduate project (Both MASc and PhD) consideration include: How compartment (room) size effects the fire dynamics of Timber structures to enable the generation of engineered tool sets; climate effects and resiliency of timber building materials to extreme hazards ; and lastly we are looking for students with interest in heritage materials in fire. Those projects are sponsored by a variety of governmental collaborations and are meant to inform standards and code development cycles.


Each of the above projects will have options for industrial internship and/or opportunities to study abroad for a term of study with our collaborators.

Those interested in these opportunities are encouraged to email Dr. John Gales P.Eng ( with a statement of interest and CV.

About YorkU Fire

We are situated in Toronto,, at Canada’s third largest university. Home to the YorkU High bay lab, we have recently received CFI funding in order to expand our fire testing facilities (see Our group uses some of the most advanced instrumentation technologies for strain and deformation measurement in fire. Our graduate team is currently 6 strong with an equal representation of undergraduate researchers. Graduate courses offered are Human Behaviour in Fire, Fire Dynamics, Structural Fire Resilience, and Fire Modelling.